SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – The GOP is standing behind its move to place unofficial ballot collection boxes across several California counties, even as the state calls these illegal.
In Shasta County, the Office of Election says it has not received reports of any unofficial ballot boxes popping up in the county. But while no boxes have turned up here at home, people are still concerned about voting fraud.
“I think as citizens we need to be able to vote and vote in a safe place, in a place where we have a good expectation and -where our votes going to count,” said Bob Dunlap of Cottonwood.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla sent a cease and desist, ordering the California GOP to stop unofficial ballot drop box operations. But many people tell Action News Now they only trust their official voting locations.
“I don't think they should trust anything except the official location and their ballot box,” said Dunlap.
Many also say they prefer to drop off their ballots in-person instead of mailing them.
“I believe they should take it to the polling place of their elections office, like we just did and drop them off,” said Greg Bigg of Anderson. “It's just as easy as going anywhere else.”
On Twitter, the California GOP argued that their boxes are a form of ballot harvesting.
The Shasta GOP Headquarters says it is aware and heard that these boxes were popping up, but did not take part.